Total distance covered so far : 371km
Today was longer than I expected and my feet ache!
From Steel Rigg I had to do another couple of km along Hadrian's Wall, so that was a very up and down experience. Though since in the morning the weather was cool and spring sunny, the views were lovely. And as the Harian's Wall Trail is popular, it wasn't long before I met someone else going the same way to chat with. It was lovely to actually see other people again. But all too soon, the sign showing where the Pennine Way left the trail to go its own way arrived and we had to say goodbye.
And leaving the Hadrian's Wall trail also meant leaving hiking kindergarten and re-entering the sodden world of the Pennine Way. Within only a few minutes I was wading across a 'bridge' that was three inches under water, probing through the mud with my sticks to make sure that there actually was something where I was about to put my foot. It was a shocking change of gear!
Across boggy Ridley Common and into the silent and boggy Northumberland National Park forest where for the first time is ages, when standing still I could hear nothing but birds. Not the faintest hint of traffic, no airplanes, no industry, nothing! Just the prehistoric sound of birds chattering in the treas! Squelching onwards through boggy Haughton Common, in and out of the forest and boggy pastures for miles.
Then I ripped the arse of my pants on a nail sticking out of a style! Oh that pissed me off! Yes, I'm talking to you, people in Hornysteads Farm. It's name and shame time! Fix your bloody style!
And finally, since the weather had been threatening rain for a few hours, and a thunder storm crackled just as I crested a hill I got a final proper soaking from it as I arrived at my accommodation. It's a fittingly wet end to a very squelchy day I suppose.